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Bertram, Rüdiger (Author) Schulmeyer, Heribert (Illustrator)

Absolutely hilarious! COOLMAN Chaos at school
Kai starts school. Obviously, he has to have his invisible friend COOLMAN with him on his first day because school would only be half the fun without him! COOLMAN puts Kai up to all kinds of pranks. Kai wears his first-day school cone that had all the nice presents in it on his head, writes the wrong name on his name badge and jumps through the picture when the class has its photo taken. School is definitely never going to be boring with COOLMAN around!
Book 2 of the COOLMAN books for beginning readers.
Büchersterne learn-to-read books for reception class children: large primer print, simple words, short sentences and more pictures than words for the youngest beginning readers.
| 6 +

Inkiow, Dimiter (Author) Rettich, Margret (Author) Dierks, Hannelore (Author) Scheffler, Ursel (Author) Rahn, Sabine (Author) Gieseler, Corinna (Author) Schmid, Thomas (Author) Reider, Katja (Author) Fröhlich, Anja (Author) Steinwart, Anne (Author) Wich, Henriette (Author) Rebscher, Susanne (Author) Cordes, Miriam (Illustrator) | further

1-2-3, glittery! Great gift for school starters with reversible sequins

I want to go to school, too! When this glittering reading material with the reversible sequin cover is given as a first-day-at-school present, even the most sceptical of children about to start school will find it very easy to say goodbye to their nursery school. On the inside, the loveliest stories by Ursel Scheffler, Henriette Wich, Dimiter Inkiow and many others; on the outside, 123 and ABC all at once.

Trend: reversible sequins

Great gift for school starters

Well-known authors have children looking forward to starting school | 5 +

von Klitzing, Maren (Author) Garanin, Melanie (Illustrator)

Rasmus will soon be starting school! And he has some rather unusual ideas about what he needs for school, such as a penknife and the detective’s case he’s wanted for ages. Luckily Mummy doesn’t have the time to take a proper look at the things he bought when he was out shopping with his godfather. Everything could be just perfect. Now all Rasmus needs to do is find out whether his friend Ida is going to be in his class. | 7 +

Arold, Marliese (Author) Cordes, Miriam (Illustrator)

Reading made easy – pony fun for beginning readers

Luisa is new to the class, and she’s really happy to be going to pony school – or, at least, she would be if it weren’t for cheeky Finn. He never misses a chance to tell her how dangerous the animals are. Then Luisa finds that she’s down to look after the ponies next weekend! What a good thing Marie and Anne are there, too – because they know there’s absolutely no need for anyone to be frightened of pony mum, Lotta, and her frisky son, Lars the foal. And Finn should look out, too, because he will certainly get what’s coming to him!
The third book in the popular Pony School series.
| 6 +

Schlüter, Andreas (Author) Hennig, Dirk (Illustrator)

Learning to read underwater: Welcome to Calmaria!

Inky the octopus lives with his parents in Calmaria, right at the bottom of the sea. Calmaria has a school, restaurants, a library and a flea market. As well as fish, sea turtles and seahorses, moray eels also live there, but it’s best to keep out of their way. When Inky starts school, he finds that Fluffy the flounder is also in his class. Fluffy doesn’t speak any Calamarian and otherwise, he is somehow different, too. Can they still become friends?

A wonderful school story in an underwater setting featuring many likeable characters and colourful illustrations.
| 7 +

Scheffler, Ursel (Author) Baeten, Lieve (Illustrator)

Paula can’t wait to start school – and she couldn’t care less that the holidays aren’t over yet. She grabs her first-day goodie bag that looks a bit like a giant ice-cream cone and slips out of the house and off to school. There she meets Philipp. He knows school like the back of his hand and he also knows that old books and a plastic skeleton are not the only things in the attic … | 5 +

Dietl, Erhard (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

Anything Grandad Olchi could do when he was young, Olchi kids can certainly do today, rat’s-tail-and-toad’s-fart! So they saddle the travel dragon and off they go - though not to Australia like Grandad did, but just to the junior school in nearby Sloppiscourt. But what the Olchi children experience with the human children – and the human children with the Olchi children – is at least as exciting as Grandad Olchi’s adventure with the kangaroos. | 8 +

Chidolue, Dagmar (Author) Spee, Gitte (Illustrator)

Who wants to go to sleep? Millie’s class turns night into day

It’s so exciting! Millie and her classmates are spending the night in the gym. But will they be able to sleep there? First Millie builds a solar system with marbles and a jumping ball, then there’s a wonderful water fight in the wash room. And when Millie finally snuggles down into her sleeping bag, the children discover that a small bird has strayed into the gym! An entertaining Bookstars school story all about Millie, Dagmar Chidolue’s popular children’s book character.
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Frixe, Katja (Author) Prechtel, Florentine (Illustrator)

The Magical Bookshop of Wishes series: more than 100,000 copies sold! (October 2019)

The latest from Clara, Leo, Mrs Owl and Gustaf, the rhyming tomcat: Clara is worried about Leo, who urgently needs to get good marks in a German test if he isn’t to repeat a school year. But then the project week looks like it could be cancelled. Luckily, Mrs Owl leaps into the breach as teacher. She moves the class into her magical bookshop of wishes and at the same time helps to restore the school library to former splendour. Now that’s what makes school fun!

School, an ever-popular topic, conjures up magical sales figures

Brightly coloured and delicately drawn: fans love Florentine Prechtel’s illustrations
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Mann, Miriam (Author) Ceccarelli, Simona M. (Illustrator)

Welcome to Rocky Meadow Castle, where nothing is as it seems!

Mila’s school burns down one night, and Mila is the only one in her class who is shipped off to Rocky Meadow Castle. Stupid Meadow Castle, she thinks. Who on Earth wants to go to a school in the middle of nowhere? However... the fact that Mila’s new school is in fact also a conservation centre for the last mythical creatures on Earth makes things a bit more interesting. And then Mila discovers that she has a particularly good instinct when it comes to these curious creatures.

Guaranteed to thrill child readers: School, friendship and mythical creatures | 8 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

Road novel by Antonia Michaelis about two unequal heroes and an awful lot of cows

The two meet one night in summer: Sean , a student from Iran, who’s been in Germany for two months, and Davy, a home kid who’s run away to look for a friend. Both become witnesses to a robbery. Pursued from now on by both the criminals and the police, they go on the run together, from one end of Germany to the other, across strawberry fields, beneath dark storm clouds, through beer gardens, in a hot-air balloon, by train and moped. Again and again, they find themselves surrounded by cows - apparently it’s their fate. Why else should the car carrying Sean and his deportation order get stuck in a herd of cows on the way to the airport?

Brilliant, bizarre and funny: Antonia Michaelis takes her readers on a tour of Germany through the eyes of a refugee and tells the story of an unusual friendship.
| 14 +

Nöstlinger, Christine (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

All three Greta books in one edition – a unique special edition – to mark Christine Nöstlinger's 65th birthday. There is always something going on in the life of Margarethe Maria Sackmeier, generally known as Greta. At 14, she’s sure she’s too fat. At 15, she suddenly has to live without her father and brother Harry when her mum decides to change her life and become emancipated. When Greta is 17, her family is back together again. But now she is faced with different problems. Whom should she choose – Florian or Hinzel? If she could, she would keep them both ... | 12 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

Drug dealer, beloved boyfriend, murderer?
Anna and Abel: madly in love, mad with doubt

Abel Tannatek is a misfit, a truant and a drug dealer. Against her better judgement, Anna falls desperately in love with him because she sees the other Abel: the gentle, sad boy who takes care of his sister and tells Anna a story that touches her soul. But the fine line between reality and fantasy gradually becomes blurred. What if the story isn’t a story but awful reality? What if Anna’s worst fears are confirmed?

- Fast-moving thriller and touching love story – unputdownable!
- Impressive and inspired: a completely new Antonia Michaelis
- Filled with variety: thrilling, everyday and fairy-tale passages in rapid succession

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Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

Shades of the past: a game of life and death.
November (Amber) Lark is seventeen and she has just run away from the assisted living flat she shares with other young people. Shortly before her sixth birthday, her parents inexplicably disappeared – and now she thinks she has found a clue. And so she sets out for a strange city, accompanied only by her cat. On the very first night, sitting in a miserable housing block, freezing in her rain-soaked clothes, she spots a tent lit up red and yellow that holds a magical attraction for her. Inside she can see a boy reading a book – but whenever Amber approaches, he disappears along with his tent. Katya, on the other hand, the owner of the pub where Amber’s father was last seen, not only offers her a job but is always there for her, too. But can Amber be sure that the boy isn’t the person sending her the terrible threatening letters? And what about the other men, the pub guests with whom Amber seeks protection and a sense of security, but who only exploit her vulnerability – at least until the moment, when Amber realises that she must decide either to destroy herself – or to set out for a new future.
A great novel from Antonia Michaelis featuring a strong, yet vulnerable heroine amidst murderous secrets, in a shadowy world between dream and reality, and breathtakingly gripping.
| 16 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

Breathtaking thriller! An amazing story of love and betrayal.
Inside a cubby hole under the eaves of her new student flat in Tübingen, 18-year-old Svenja finds a scruffy 11-year-old boy, who seems unable or unwilling to speak. She decides to let him stay and calls him Nashville because that’s what’s printed on his T-shirt. When a series of murders targeting homeless people rocks the city, Svenja begins to feel uneasy. Could Nashville, who keeps on mysteriously disappearing, have something to do with it all? Very soon, she realises that not only Nashville’s life is in danger, but her own, too. A grandiose thriller from multi-award-winning author Antonia Michaelis; a captivating and gripping story of love, longing, fears and friends who cannot be trusted.
| 14 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

Although they come from totally different backgrounds, Cliff and Alain are fascinated by each other, and Margareta, whom they have known since they were small, has always stood between them. Then Cliff converts to Islam and disappears. When he returns, it soon becomes clear that he is there on an assignment: to plan a “Day of Blood” for IS. Alain wants to save his friend – and the police actually do succeed in preventing the worst, but Cliff and Alain die. Only Margareta will live.

With "The Assassins", Antonia Michaelis offers an unsettling glimpse into the dark abyss of terrorism.
Absolutely topical: A teenager becomes an IS warrior
As dark and poetic as "The Storyteller"
| 16 +

Heitmann, Tanja (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

When 17-year-old Leo meets the inscrutable Alexei, she finds herself not only faced with riddles but also in emotional turmoil. But then a murder takes place and Leo can’t help wondering whether Alexei has anything to do with it. Because she doesn’t lose faith in him, she even ends up in mortal danger. But that also makes Leo stronger. Can she really trust her feelings of love?
"In a Summernight Like Tonight" by bestselling author Tanja Heitmann is a thrilling combination of atmospheric romance and an ample portion of suspense.
Incredibly tight, skilful narrative

Bestselling author Tanja Heitmann’s young adult book debut in Oetinger.
| 14 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

Poetic and filled with longing

Lion envies no one more than the sea eagles, when he sees them circling high in the sky, so free, so happy. There isn’t much to be envious about in the village on the Baltic Sea where Lion lives. More and more often, alcohol turns his father into the violent black king who abuses Lion. But one day, when he can bear no more, Lion runs away into the woods to join the eagles. But as Lion discovers, life there is tough and he finds his thoughts turning again and again to the white queen, the old lady who used to read wonderful stories to him once upon a time. It was thanks to her that he discovered the magic of words, their warmth and power…

-\x09Antonia Michaelis tells a deeply touching story about domestic violence and summoning the strength to break free
-\x09A brilliant tribute to the power of words and the imagination
-\x09A new socially critical novel filled with poetry: exceptionally well written, densely atmospheric and profoundly moving



| 12 months +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

A wood and a mystery shrouded in mist. A wanderer, who loses his way. A story that will take the reader’s breath away.

On completing his carpenter’s apprenticeship, Yari sets out as a journeyman to enjoy his new-found freedom and the countryside. Along the way, he meets Yasha, the most enchanting girl he has ever encountered, and follows her to her enclave in the middle of the wood. Caught between fairy-tale beauty and the darkest depths of the human soul, the harmless carpenter becomes a ruthless hunter. Popular author Antonia Michaelis is poetic in her telling of this captivating story of a love for which no secret is too dark and no sacrifice too great. A true storyteller’s masterpiece.

•\x09As dark as the Storyteller, as poetic as The Words of the White Queen – the new novel by popular author Antonia Michaelis
•\x09Caught between fairy-tale beauty and the darkest depths of the human soul: the gripping story of an innocent who turns to murder
•\x09The new novel by the 2012 German Youth Literature Award nominee
| 16 +

Stein, Maike (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

If you really love me ...

The tingly butterfly feeling is amazing. The sky looks even bluer. You could move mountains – and all thanks to your first time in love! And Valeska really could move entire mountains! But not Inken, her new steady girlfriend. She doesn’t feel she could set even a tiny pebble in motion because she doesn’t want anyone to know she is a lesbian. Instead, she wants their love to be invisible. In her efforts to keep the relationship secret for Inken’s sake, Valeska finds herself telling more and more lies until she reaches a point, where she has to decide: for or against Inken.
| 12 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Martin, Peer (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator)

The dream of a world without wars or fences
A two-week holiday on a tiny Greek island awaits Julia. The sea is blue, the nights are clear and starry. Everything seems perfect. But then Julia meets a boy with bandaged hands and realizes who he and the others living here in hiding are. Julia’s world is turned upside down. Because the sea is a grave, the nights are cold, and the village is a place where suspicion reigns. And there’s a border running straight through the water although no one can see it. A deadly border.

A touching love story with a topical political background and a sensitive and realistic portrayal of the refugee situation. The two authors have been nominated for the German Children’s Literature Award by the Youth Jury.
| 15 +

Michaelis, Antonia (Author) Schüler, Kathrin (Illustrator) Spengler, Constanze (Illustrator) Michaelis, Antonia (Illustrator) | further

The man who is trying to get Marit away from Hamburg and the night-time blitzes of World War 2 to the safety of the Galapagos Islands is her uncle. But he is acting against her will because now that her father has been declared missing in France and her mother and little sister have both died in the bombing, all Marit wants to do is die. She dives off the ship in attempt to drown herself in the Atlantic as the ship approaches the Galapagos Islands but someone saves her. That someone is José, a local boy, who hauls her out of the water and onto his boat, the Mariposa, in the belief that he has rescued a British boy called Jonathon, who is really Marit using a false identity.
José is on the way to the isla maldita to discover why people call it “curse island” and to find out if there is any truth in the tales of its legendary treasure. He takes Jonathon along and the two travellers are gradually joined by a variety of animals, as a rice rat, a penguin, an iguana, a flamingo and several other members of the animal kingdom find their way onto the boat as if by magic. They all help to raise Jonathon’s spirits and help him face life again.
It becomes clear that the Mariposa is being followed and José seems to have a map on board that a few other people would dearly love to lay their hands on, too. The stowaway José and Jonathon discover one night is also after the map. In the end, he is the one who realises that Jonathon is really a girl.
Marit and José survive storms and volcanic eruptions to arrive, at last, on the isla maldita. The map leads them to the treasure, which turns out to be nothing but a freshwater spring – which is disappointing, too, for the people who had been on the Mariposa’s tail. They are, in fact, American and German spies, who had thought they were after a map that could change the course of the war. On the island, Marit also discovers a second treasure: her family who had in turn believed her dead. They had flown the war to the safety of the Galapagos Islands Marit’s mother had dreamed of all her life. José returns to his native island but remains in contact with Marit. | 11 +

Schütze, Andrea (Author) Kraus, Tina (Illustrator)

Maluna makes you brave!

The school inspector has just announced a visit when Monsieur Shampignon, the teacher at the Enchanted Forest School, falls ill. Now the inspector could close the school down, but the folks of the Enchanted Forest simply can’t let that happen, of course. Luckily, they have Maluna there to help and together they come up with a brilliant rescue plan.

-\x09Maluna helps build self-confidence and courage in any situation
-\x09One single, continuous new story | 4 +

Scheffler, Ursel (Author) Henze, Dagmar (Illustrator)

It’s time for the school bazaar! Paula and her friend Zina are naturally helping at one of the stalls. They are busy selling their wares when Paula suddenly notices that the cashbox has gone missing. Paula is absolutely certain that the three boys with the moped have something to do with it. But how can she prove it? Chance and a bilberry stain come to her aid.

Paula is one of the most popular series for beginning readers in the Oetinger programme!

| 7 +

Dietl, Erhard (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

Chocolate marshmallow catapult and long-distance cherrystone spitting – attractions that would make any Oggly’s heart beat faster!
The odiferator is the best invention Daddy-Oggly has ever come up with! You simply stuff something very smelly into this Oggly engine and before you know it, the captive balloon is floating high above the rubbish heap. Mummy Oggly’s stinker cake is perfect for the purpose. Unfortunately, the Ogglies run out of fuel above the roofs of Smelliville and end up landing in the playground of a primary school that is in the middle of holding a fete. Hurray, now we can all join in!
| 7 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Büchner, Sabine (Illustrator)

A Maar activity book: the School ABC for beginning readers!
A for apple, B for book and C for China: In Paul Maar’s School ABC, for every letter children will find a short rhyme to finish, straight from the pen of the grand master of poems and word games. And at the end of the book, there are also some ABC puzzles – because learning is supposed to be fun!
These rhymes and word search games will have your children learning their ABC and reading as they play. With a 16-page supplement containing reading puzzles and games.
| 6 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Maar, Paul (Illustrator)

Paul Maar’s Sat in a swanky restaurant? Fingers crossed all goes well!
Mr Pocketbeer wants to go for a posh meal with the Sat. But instead of behaving beautifully, the Sat gobbles up the menu and starts arguing with the waiter. In no time at all, the pair are back on the doorstep. But when they get to the nearest hot-dog stand, they hit on a brilliant idea that will let them enjoy fancy society food after all.
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Dietl, Erhard (Author) Dietl, Erhard (Illustrator)

The Oggly kids have the place all to themselves
Oh, my green cheesy sock! The pesky blue Oggly wants to invite the other Ogglies to his 500th burpday. Oggly-Daddy, Oggly-Mummy, Oggly-Grandma and Oggly-Granddad accept his invitation. Only the Oggly children expect it will be stinky-fart-boring and definitely don’t want to go with them. So they stay home all alone on the rubbish tip to do something that’s absolutely forbidden: they clean it and really tidy it up!

Once again, Erhard Dietl’s iconic Ogglies make reading a pile of fun.
1.6 million Oggly beginning readers sold
The autumn 2015 Oggly book placed 9th in the Dein SPIEGEL ranking
| 7 +

Scheffler, Ursel (Author) Gerigk, Julia (Illustrator)

Aunt Elfie is wrapping presents for the kids at the children’s home and a snowstorm in the night has left everything gleaming white. Paula and Sina are thrilled! Now they can build a snowman and ride on the pony sleigh with Ian. And they also use the Christmas sleigh to distribute all the presents. And best of all, when Christmas finally arrives, Comet, Paula’s favourite pony, gives birth to a foal!

Strong traditional character meets the ever-popular subject of horses
| 7 +

Bertram, Rüdiger (Author) Schulmeyer, Heribert (Illustrator)

Oh, no! Kay’s shoes suddenly go missing at school. Can someone have stolen them? COOLMAN immediately starts investigating, gathering clues, taking fingerprints and lying in wait for the culprit. Will he manage to solve the case?
COOLMAN in hilariously tempestuous Sherlock Holmes mode
| 6 +

Naoura, Salah (Author) Büchner, Sabine (Illustrator)

Unfortunately, Hugo is a little shy of water – but he would never admit it. When Granny Freda’s sardine Tina is kidnapped, Superhugo not only needs to be able to swim, but to dive, as well. But surely he can come up with a drier solution! In next to no time, Superhugo has converted his supercar into a submarine and, with seaman Frog, is below the waves, rescuing the sardine from King Kraken’s kingdom.

"Salah Naoura’s Superhugo Dives Below the Waves!" is equally suitable for beginning and advanced readers.
Declared SUPER by kids
| 7 +

Schmid, Thomas (Author) Scharnberg, Stefanie (Illustrator) Limmroth, Manfred B. (Illustrator)

Pippa really has tried everything! She’s used all her powers of persuasion, she’s sulked and thrown tantrums, but nothing has done any good. And it’s all Daddy’s fault! Just because he got the measurements all wrong for the new furniture and the bedroom door won’t close because of it, all he and Mummy talk about now is “moving house”. But Pippa doesn’t want to move. After all, she wasn’t the one who got the measurements wrong! And she definitely doesn’t want to lose her friends at school! – That everything turns out quite differently in the end has mostly to do with a tabby cat and a roof garden full of small trees. | 7 +

Maar, Paul (Author) Schmidt, Cordula (Illustrator)

Children’s everyday lives! Funny, exciting and full of surprises! It’s often not so easy to be a big sister! That, at least, is how Christine feels when Hanna is again copying everything she does. And Jacob, whose mother is getting married again, would really prefer not to have a new brother. Paul Maar’s amusing, yet profound stories deal with the commonplace and at the same time extraordinary experiences of children who, though they go to the same school, still all have a story of their own. And that is exactly what’s so much fun: suddenly you discover characters in a story that you have already read about! Eleven interwoven stories taken from school and family life – suitable for teaching purposes. | 11 +

Chidolue, Dagmar (Author) Spee, Gitte (Illustrator)

Curtain up on Millie! Millie unintentionally starts a rubber fight during a lesson. What a funny lesson that turns out to be! At some point the teacher decides she has had enough of her class’s silly antics, but Millie is having fun and really doesn’t see that the mayhem is all her fault.
A story for beginning readers about school, fun and mischief.
| 6 +

Naoura, Salah (Author) Wechdorn, Susanne (Illustrator)

A child and a sausage-crazy dog find their way to school. Every day on his way to school, Theo has to walk past a big dog. In fact, he simply can’t go to school without having patted the dog and fed him the meat from his sandwiches! Then one day the big dog is not sitting behind the fence as usual and Theo immediately realizes that something must be wrong. So he sets out to look for the dog, all on his own and all over the city. And sure enough, he finds the dog, but now they have to find their way back to school together. That’s not so easy and Theo ends up getting lost. Can the big dog show him the way?

Salah Naoura’s story of Theo and the Big Dog is written with lots of feeling and subtle humour. Because he deals with subjects like autonomy, independence and courage, he addresses topics that are important for children starting school. | 6 +

Bertram, Rüdiger (Author) Schulmeyer, Heribert (Illustrator)

A roaring good read! Paul is growing up as a member of a monster family. For as long as he can remember, living with Mum and Dad monster and his monster brother and sister has been perfectly normal. So naturally he thinks he’s a monster, too. He’s never known anything else. He loves his family and they love him. At monster school, Paul has to learn how to roar really loudly, but at first he can’t. Will Paul pass his roaring test in the end?
The first in a new series by the successful COOLMAN author duo, Bertram/Schulmeyer
- Top topics for primary schoolchildren: being different, belonging, acceptance
- Comic illustrations in the book will have even the boys who are not very interested in reading picking up a book
- Even boys who aren’t big on reading will love the new monster series for beginning readers with its amazing comic illustrations.

| 6 +

Ludwig, Sabine (Author) Göhlich, Susanne (Illustrator)

Curtain up on school fun for Sabine Ludwig!

The first year at school is a real adventure - especially right at the start: That’s when school beginners have to learn their way to school, drive the school demon away and, on top of all that, there’s that tricky alpha-bed to be learned. School story expert Sabine Ludwig tells entertaining stories full of mischief, intelligence and warmth about that exciting first year in the classroom.

The Annoying Alpha-bed - Stories for that First Day of School by Sabine Ludwig is a collection of short stories all about school life to read aloud and for beginning readers to read to themselves.
| 6 +

Lütje, Susanne (Author) Krischker, Heiko (Illustrator)

Interactive adventures with reader rat Otilie! Otilie is terribly excited because Year One of the local primary school is planning a visit to Mrs Number Nip’s bookshop today. She is just putting on her hat, when there’s a ring at the doorbell: the visitors have arrived! Otilie sets to work, showing the children her bright, colourful world of books and all the things can be hidden inside them. Together they even solve the odd tricky puzzle.

A visit to Otilie’s colourful world of books, affectionately written and with modern illustrations, a host of rhymes and fun puzzles.
| 6 +

Baeten, Lieve (Author) Baeten, Lieve (Illustrator) Fossey, Wietse (Illustrator)

Hocus pocus, magic cow, little suitcase, open now!
One day, Lisbet finds a suitcase outside her gingerbread house. She would love to know what’s inside, but no matter how often she recites the magic words, the suitcase stays closed. Neither the doctor witch nor the travel witch can help her, as the suitcase isn’t meant for little witches. Lisbet refuses to accept defeat and because she’s clever, she manages to find a trick that will open the suitcase. Inside she discovers a mysterious letter. With a real letter to open out inside the book.
Lieve Baeten died in a car crash in 2001. At that time, this picture book was at an advanced stage of preparation and has now been completed by her son Wietse Fossey. | 3 +

Chidolue, Dagmar (Author) Spee, Gitte (Illustrator)

Curtain up for Millie: Fairy-tale mishmash on the school stage!
Millie and her friends are supposed to be rehearsing a play for school – a fairy tale. Only, which one? Everyone has a different suggestion: Little Red Riding Hood, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White or the Frog Prince. When the great evening gets under way, things start to get very mixed up. Luckily, Millie comes up with an idea that saves the play.

Learning to read with this “Bücherstern” book for children in their first year at school: very large, easy-to-read print, simple words, short sentences and a high picture-to-text ratio for the very youngest beginning readers. The book comes with a 16-page supplement of reading puzzles and games.
| 6 +